How Does Poverty Affect People in Scotland? in Community

Did you know that more than one billion people live on less than one dollar a day and almost half of the global population on less than 2 dollars? Find out more about poverty in Scotland, who it affects and where to find support.

undefinedWhat is poverty?

When you think about poverty you might think about a lack of food, water and shelter. That is one element of poverty, but poverty also includes a lack of basic human needs such as sanitation, health, education and information.

Who is affected?

Poverty isn't something that only affects people in other countries. In Scotland, more than half a million people, including 220,000 children, live in poverty. 

  • Almost one million people can't afford proper housing in Scotland
  • 800,000 people are too poor to get involved in common social activities
  • Over a quarter of a million children and adults are poorly fed

What is being done?

The Scottish Government are working to try and end poverty, through what is known as national targets. These are:

  • To improve education and give children the best start in life
  • To assist young people to become confident individuals and responsible citizens
  • To tackle inequality and promote an inclusive and fair society
  • To improve life chances of children, young people and families
  • To ensure that public services such as housing, meet our needs

Poverty is a national and global issue which can affect everyone and which can also be tackled by all. 

Where can I find support?

There are lots of organisations that can help support people living in poverty. If you need support you contact:

If you just need someone to talk to confidentially you can call the Samaritans 24hrs a day, on 116 123.